5 Anti-Anxiety Inducing Activities for River Newbies

Get in the flow of summertime fun with a handful of river activities that require zero experience in Glenwood Springs.

Have no fear, the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers in Glenwood Springs are ideal for anyone new to river sports. Midsummer is a great time to dip a toe into these activities as the season for peak snowmelt runoff has passed with the remainder of the summer offering slower, more mellow experiences on both rivers. Scheduling a trip with trained outfitters and guides is the key to a relaxing, memorable, fun-filled trip, even for those who may have some apprehension.

If you’re new to river sports, check out these recommendations for easing in gently.

Whitewater Rafting

girls on raftWhile the whitewater action in Glenwood Canyon is always thrilling, from July through September the volume of water is drastically reduced in comparison to the peak run-off months of May and June. Rafting is a family-friendly activity accessible to most ages, no experience necessary. Glenwood Springs rafting outfitters generally require that kids be at least 5 years old, but some river float trips are quite mild and children as young as age 2 are welcome!


woman with fishThe Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs is known for some of the best fly fishing in Colorado, with sections designated prime Gold Medal waters. Smaller than the Colorado, the Roaring Fork is home to an enormous variety of aquatic life, though hooking trout—rainbows and browns—is the top prize for every fisherman and woman. Spending a day aboard a fishing dory with an experienced guide is a wonderful way to enjoy not only the river but the magnificent scenery of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Sopris Splash Zone

shoshone chutesFor a soaking good time with lots of laughs from start to finish, head to Sopris Splash Zone at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. The waterpark at the west end of the hot springs complex features an adventure river that is anything but lazy! Shoshone Chutes is a curvaceous waterway and tube ride that was designed for maximum thrills. With boulders, lush landscaping and plenty of “whitewater,” it mimics the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. For safety, lifeguards oversee all the action and even help guests out of the water at the end of the ride.

Duckie Trips

Duckies on the riverInflatable kayaks, also called duckies, are another fun way to experience river time on your Glenwood Springs vacation. They seat one or two people and offer a bit more independence while being extremely stable in the water. Play follow-the-leader with your guide in Glenwood Canyon, or do a little exploring on your own. Duckie trips put in at Grizzly Creek Rest Area, avoiding the canyon’s intense rapids located farther upriver at the Shoshone boat ramp.

Paddleboard Trips

stand up paddle boardsSurf’s up in Glenwood Springs. The sport of river SUP (stand up paddle boarding) is gaining an enthusiastic following. A derivative of surfing, SUP adds an extra level of challenge as you work to keep your balance moving downstream. You’ll inevitably take a spill, so be prepared to get wet—all part of the fun. If you are new to the sport or have never tried it on a river, consider choosing a guided river paddleboard trip where you can learn from guide and perfect your skills. Bring your own or checkout the rental options here.

Beach your worries and ride the river of relaxation in Glenwood Springs. Learn more about the hot springs town’s river sports and plan your visit to Glenwood Springs today!

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